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West Bend City Hall

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1900, Van Ryn and de Gelleke. 100 N. 6th Ave.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

West Bend City Hall is an impressive high-style municipal building for such a small city. Van Ryn and de Gelleke of Milwaukee, who won a regional design contest, opted for a small-scale German Renaissance Revival composition, suggested by the Germanic origins of many of the city’s residents. The cream brick building is two-and-a-half stories in height with a side-gabled roof, but its belvedere and its gabled wall dormer, flanked by smaller dormers with semicircular iron hoods, make it appear taller. Mock quoins at the corners, flat lintels over the first-story windows, and large volutes atop the piers flanking the arched entrance lend a stately appearance to this attractive structure. Attached to the rear is the fire department building, notable for its four-story hose tower.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "West Bend City Hall", [West Bend, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 255-255.

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